White Home press secretary Jen Psaki was pressed about why People needed to wait so lengthy to be informed it’s secure for vaccinated folks to be unmasked open air.
“Why have People needed to wait this lengthy for at this time’s steering when to many it was fairly obvous that this was what the subsequent step was?” a reporter requested Psaki throughout Tuesday’s press briefing.
Psaki partially blamed “misinformation” about coronavirus from the Trump administration.
“Nicely, I believe we would like People to be assured in the knowledge they’re receiving from the federal authorities,” Psaki stated.
“It has been vital to us to guide with well being and medical specialists to supply them the time they should make these evaluations in order that, when the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] comes out with steering, the American folks know they will belief it, and we’re working to scrub up from an excessive amount of misinformation, inaccurate data, that was put out by the final administration, a few of it politically tinged.”
“Subsequently, we have been actually leaning into the timeline of the well being and medical group and specialists,” she added.
She additionally insisted Biden’s masks announcement on Tuesday was not related to his milestone of 100 days in workplace that can be reached later this week.
“I can guarantee you, the CDC makes choices and does evaluations on their very own time,” Psaki stated.
The CDC had launched the brand new steering shortly earlier than Biden was set to supply an replace on the pandemic.
“Earlier at this time the CDC made an vital announcement. Beginning at this time, in case you are absolutely vaccinated and open air, not in a giant crowd, you possibly can go with out a masks,” the president stated, noting that masks are nonetheless required in crowded areas, equivalent to a music live performance, regardless whether it is open air.
However in relation to gathering with a gaggle of buddies within the park or going for a picnic, “you are able to do this with out a masks,” he stated, noting that the federal well being company was capable of change its steering as a result of the “odds of getting or giving the virus are very low out in open air.”
“If you’re vaccinated you are able to do extra issues extra safely indoors and open air,” the president continued. “For many who have not gotten it, that is one other good purpose to get vaccinated. It’s about saving your life [and the lives] of these round you; it is about getting again to regular life.”
Fox Information’ Alexandra Hein and Madeline Farber contributed to this report.